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   21 june 2019


Lantern Festival - China in 20 legends.
Gastronomic culture from the Silk Road to the road of Transhumance.

ASTRA Museum, institution financed by the Sibiu County Council, organizes the event Lantern Festival - China in 20 legends during June 23 – August 4, 2019. The main themes of this initiative are Chinese culture and gastronomy. During the entire period of this event, 20 lantern installations of different colors will illuminate the alleys of the Open Air Museum in Dumbrava Sibiului, creating a unique atmosphere. Moreover, 28 gastronomic workshops will be organized at Târgul de țară of ASTRA Museum within the event Gastronomic Culture from the Silk Road to the road of Transhumance (Jun 23-28) with the participation of seven chefs from the Technical Institute for Tourism and Commerce of Changzhou and seven representatives of Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu. They will prepare noodles based on three recipes from Changzhou and three others from the Sibiu area, pork based recipes – two recipes from the rural area of Changzhou province and two from the North of Sibiu county, specific to the Saxons villages, chicken based recipes – four recipes from the urban area of Changzhou province and four recipes from the culinary offer of Sibiu, from the Medieval period to the Interwar period, recipes based on fruits and vegetables – two from each region – and three types of desserts from Changzhou province and three from Sibiu.

”This project is dedicated to promoting local urban and rural gastronomy reinterpreted by famous culinary actors from the Changzhou province in China. At the same time, we also aim to present traditional recipes from that area, the way in which gastronomic culture has shaped and formed society, as well as its role in the educational process. The initial plan becomes the basis for the exhibition of light installations set up in the museum on a 20 ha areas, called Lantern Festival. This is a special event, a one-of-a-kind exhibition in Romania, that aims to bring new audiences to ASTRA Museum and a new cultural offer with a night-time schedule, a rare thing in the cultural offer of open air museums in Europe. Concretely, the ASTRA phenomenon reconfirms its constant presence on the international cultural landscape. Unitl August 4, from Wednesday to Sunday, at ASTRA Museum, between 8 PM and 12 AM, visitors will be able to admire a lantern installation that is unique and special in the world, based on the entrance ticket purchased during the specified time interval”, said Ciprian Anghel Ștefan, general manager of ASTRA Museum.

“This is a century-old tradition that started to be celebrated during the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-221 A.D.). It represents monumental and illuminated scenes from history and mythology. Each installation represents a legend or a Chinese symbol: Panda Land, Four Seasons, Chinese New Year, Flower Passage, Insect Concert, the Good Road, Dragon, Blooming Day or the Greeting Gate. For the public, the project includes, on the one hand, tastings of traditional recipes from Changzhou province and a reinterpretation of pastoral recipes on the other hand, specific to the rural area of Sibiu, but also to the urban one, specific to the multiculturalism of Sibiu. Several recipes from the rural area and their specific ingredients will be made available to the chefs but also recipes from the urban area, especially noble cuisine recipes of the Saxon, Hungarian and Armenian aristocracy. The audience members will be challenged to tastings and to rediscover tastes that they are familiar with or that are present in local gastronomy”, said Constantin Chiriac, President of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival.

Lantern Festival - China in 20 legends and Gastronomic culture from the Silk Road to the road of Transhumance, are two events organized by ASTRA Museum in partnership with “Radu Stanca” National Theatre of Sibiu, Sibiu International Theatre Festival and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Romania, with the support of Zigong Haitian Culture Co., Ltd., Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China.

Partners: Sibiu County Council; Local Council through Sibiu City Hall; Sibiu – the European Region of Gastronomy 2019 Programme; “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu; Confucius Institute of Sibiu; UniCredit Bank

Event co-financed by Sibiu Local Council and Sibiu City Hall